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was in office, that authority generally worked against core al qaeda, osama bin laden being the most prominent example. other members of core al qaeda. al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, and al qaeda- affiliated elements. >> there were three associated forces when you're in office. >> those were the three that i had the occasion to evaluate most often. there were other instances where i would conduct a legal evaluation where we did not go forward with a specific operation, but those are the three most prominent examples that we regularly briefed to congress. you referred to my oxford speech. i think we are at an inflection point, as one journalist put it, where we should no longer consider ourselves in a traditional armed conflict against al qaeda and affiliated groups. i think benghazi is a prominent example of what i am talking about. you cannot label the benghazi attack as something conducted by al qaeda and associated forces. it was more of a mixed bag. in this period, i think we need to evaluate in congress what new authorities we might need -- and we're not just talking about drone strik
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